A selection of some of the questions I've been asked about the
- Good question, glad you
asked. Lots of reasons really; here's a few to be going on with
- I've been in full time
education or work for almost 40 years. During that time I've been a good and productive Worker Ant; paid my taxes, not been a drain on the State etc. I've also had a heap of fun doing some work
that's been stimulating and rewarding in all senses, but now want something different. As I'm transitioning into the next phase of life, I want some time to do some deep thinking about the 300 odd
months of life expectancy I have left. This seems like a cool way to do it.
- A passion for adventure – it
started when I rode on my (push) bike from Reading to South Wales to see some relatives. It was about 120 mile and I did it over two days with a stay in a Youth Hostel in Gloucester overnight. I was
14, but can still remember the thrill of it all. This is just an extension of it
- Because ‘all who wander are
- Haven't Charlie and Ewan
- Yes and no. They've been a
huge influence in the number of people who are taking up this sort of adventure - and made a huge difference for BMW in the sales of their big 1200CC adventure bike. They've made some great telly
whilst having a whale of a time with a bit of charity work thrown in. There are a however a number of significant differences to my trip such as :
- Unsupported. I won't have
the benefit of a 4x4 car travelling behind me packed to the gunwales with spares, technical assistance, security advisers etc; nor will I have local language speaking fixers at each boarding crossing
to speed my passage. It's up to me to make it all happen all of the time.
- Less time pressured. I don't
have to get back to film the next episode of Star Wars, so can take a more leisurely, laissez faire approach
- Why not just buy a bike when
you get there?
- See the page on the bike.
The bike is set up how I like it and I’ve ridden 10,000 miles on it. I’m going to be sitting on this a lot for 9 months – I want something I feel confident about. Also from a cost point of view it’s
probably not much cheaper to buy locally and have the hassle of trying to sell it at the end.
- You're shipping the bike
home at the end - why not just sell it?
- Three reasons:
- and a bond that is payable
on non export of the bike from the final country I end up in.
- Why by motorcycle?
- It will give the opportunity
to get off the well beaten tourist trails and go where my nose leads me. I don’t really see this as a holiday but a chance to travel through and understand the heartbeat of wherever I
find myself - a bike is great way to do this and offers opportunities that other modes of transport simply don’t.
- What's your greatest
- Major mechanical malfunction on the bike
- Spinal or head injury
- What are you most looking
forward to on the trip?
- Waking up each morning and
thinking all I've got to do today is ride my bike and find somewhere to sleep tonight. No to-do lists, clients to satisfy or pacify, emails I've GOT to send, etc.